Thames Valley District School Board

2016 Annual Report

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Growth of GOTVDSB Across the Valley

 

The adoption of GOTVDSB (Thames Valley’s own G Suite for Education domain) is on the rise in classrooms and offices across Thames Valley, as thousands of teachers, administrators, support staff, and students engage in its use daily.  From surveys created in Google Forms and classroom activities posted in Google Classroom, to the collaborative creation of Google Docs and Slides, the statistics indicate that GOTVDSB is fast becoming a popular choice for storage and document creation among TVDSB users.

 

To facilitate staff learning and ultimately student use, numerous professional learning opportunities were offered in 2016 through CODE (Council of Ontario Directors of Education) funding, Learning Forward initiatives in our secondary schools, Lunch and Learn sessions, as well as through the very popular Google Summit held on May 28 and 29, 2016.

 

Approximately 420 TVDSB staff attended the first London Ontario Google Summit, held at Saunders Secondary School. This event was a partnership between TVDSB and EdTechTeam, a global network of educational technology specialists.  Attendees experienced two full days of high-intensity learning with over 80 sessions that provided opportunities to investigate ways to enhance creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking through the use of G Suite for Education.  In addition to our own Thames Valley classroom teacher presenters, other speakers included Google Certified Educators from Ontario, San Diego, New York and Calgary.  Keynote speakers, Holly Clark and Jesse Lubinsky, reminded participants that digital tools are changing the face of education, and of the importance of empowering students in their own learning.

 

GOTVDSB (G Suite for Education) Stats:

Currently active GOTVDSB.ca users (students and staff): 42000

5.7 million files loaded into GOTVDSB.ca

16,000 e-mails per day (average)